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Libya’s ousted leader Gaddafi’s son Al-Saadi’s former statements revealed that assassination plotter Ismail, who attempted to kill king Abdullah, had links with UAE emir Zayed, not Qatar. reports citing Yeni Safak.

Muammar Gaddafi’s son Al-Saadi made statements regarding the accusations claiming that Qatar supported Gaddafi’s assassination plot on the late Saudi king Abdullah. Al-Saadi said that the Libyan spy who is the assassination suspect has close links with the UAE's emir, Mohammed bin Zayed, not Qatar.

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir claimed in a statement in the aftermath of the diplomatic crisis with Qatar that Qatar’s former emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani plotted in 2003 with Libya’s ousted leader Gaddafi to kill the Saudi king Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz.

It was revealed that Muhammed Ismail, who had a part in the assassination plot, was to kill the Saudi king Abdullah by firing a missile at his motorcycle. Abdurahman Alamoud, who was one of the plotters, was detained in the United States after he confessed his part in the assassination attempt.

Gaddafi’s son Al-Saadi said in 2014 in an interview that the assassination suspect Ismail was close friends with Mohammed bin Zayed, and had his telephone number, the Middle East Eye reported. Al-Saadi stated that Ismail acquired citizenship from the UAE after Gaddafi was overthrown.

Saudi Arabia accused Qatar of supporting Gaddafi in its statements in the aftermath of the crisis, and alleged that Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Hamad travelled to Tripoli and told he was ready to fulfill all his requests to get Saudi dissidents involved.

However, Gaddafi’s son Al-Saadi, who was extradited to Libya after being arrested in Niger in November 2016, underlines assassination suspect Muhammed Ismail's alleged links with the UAE.

“Muhammed Ismail was given UAE citizenship. He lives in Abu Dhabi. Muhammed Ismail was brought to the UAE by Mohammed bin Zayed. Muhammed Ismail held the mobile phone number that Mohammed bin Zayed used for communicating with heads of state,” said Al-Saadi.

2017.06.27 / 21:14
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